My mom 70 yrs old. She had bowel resection surgery last month following a perforation. She did fine after the surgery. She stayed in the hospital for 10 days and was released. She was readmitted after five days with pneumonia. She has COPD, asthma, & emphysema so we weren't really surprised with the diagnosis. My mother had to have surgery to remove infection and fluid in the pleural cavity a week after this second admission. She has now been in the hospital for 16 days and during this time she has been on the ventilator twice. For some reason, she is shallow breathing and her ABG's are terrible. The doctor says there's no reason for her to not be able to deep breathe but she isn't. We even bring it to her attention and, when she concentrates, she breathes correctly. The doctor says that she is just simply not deep breathing and that is her only problem. Since she isn't on any respiratory depressing meds, I want to know why she isn't deep breathing. She says it's not painful. I just don't understand. Could there be something wrong with her medulla or maybe some kind of mental problem. Someone please help me. I am afraid that she's not going to pull out of this. Thank You!Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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